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Day 27:

We are just east of the Steen Mountains, part of the Northern Basin and Range ecoregion. Here, rainfall is scarce – averaging around 12 inches a year, while the national average is 38 inches a year. What better place to learn ways to protect and enhance the water cycle?

Read this article from the USDA to learn about the benefits of adding a rain garden to your yard. Then, watch this short how-to video.

If you are not feeling up to constructing an entire rain garden, you can instead put together this science experiment that demonstrates how natural items help filter water.


If you don’t have a yard, you can still protect our waterways from inside your own home. Continue on to Day 28 to learn more.